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US antitrust officials have woken up to Big Tech’s monopolies and numerous competition investigations are coming

But the big news on Monday was that the Department of Justice was investigating Google and Apple; while the and Federal Trade Commission (FTCO is looking into Facebook and Amazon. All of accused of anticompetitive tactics for promoting their own services over that of rivals.

BMW and Jag are teaming up to create next-gen EV tech

Jaguar Land Rover and BMW have announced they're going to work together developing next-gen electric drive units (EDUs).

Samsung and AMD are teaming up to bring Radeon graphics tech to smartphones

Graphics is about the only area where phones lag behind computers but a new partnership between Samsung and AMD could put paid to that problem. The short version? AMD's Radeon graphics tech is coming to Samsung's smartphones in the near future. 

With SimplyBlu, Standard Bank wants to make ecommerce easy

Standard Bank has unveiled a new ecommerce service called SimplyBlu to enable South African business owners to easily sell products or services online.

Life without Google is virtually impossible in this mobile smartphone era

The first problem I encountered, as I gave up Google for a week, was that I couldn't get my email. As the possibility of living without Android and Google services emerged as the US government banned American firms from dealing with Huawei, I tried to live without the world's biggest mobile operating system (OS). The short answer: it’s virtually impossible to live without Google in this smartphone...[Read More]

Big tech surveillance could damage democracy

The more tech companies know about their users, the more effectively they can direct them to goods and services that they are likely to buy. The more companies know about their users, the more competitive they are in the market.

How technology could help rural South Africa turn sunshine into income

In South Africa 15.6% of the households are not connected to an electricity supply. This is unlikely to change in the near future with centralised power production because it requires major investments to extend power lines to remote communities. For these communities, having their own decentralised grid solutions holds tremendous economic potential.

Veteran video game voice actors Nolan North, Troy Baker to appear at Comic Con Africa 2019

Both Nolan North and Troy Baker will be showing up at Comic Con Africa this year. If you're not sure who they are, just pop on Uncharted 4. All will be made clear... pretty much immediately. 

We estimate China only makes $8.46 from an iPhone – and that’s why Trump’s trade war is futile

Trump’s trade war is based on a simplistic understanding of the trade balance. Expanding tariffs to more and more goods will weigh on U.S. consumers, workers and businesses. And there’s no guarantee that the final outcome will be good when the dispute ends.

In-car technology: are we being sold a false sense of security?

We are continually introducing more technologies to our vehicles. Drivers can now ask Alexa or Google assistant a question, listen to text messages read aloud by the vehicle and use voice commands to initiate phone calls. All of this tech also works on the assumption that if it’s only your voice you are using, there are no safety implications.

Facebook doesn’t fool me – but I worry about how it affects you

A number of prominent figures have called for some sort of regulation of Facebook – including one of the company’s co-founders and a venture capitalist who was one of Facebook’s early backers. Much of the criticism of Facebook relates to how the company’s algorithms target users with advertising, and the “echo chambers” that show users ideologically slanted content.

Shortly after Mark Zuckerberg’s “privacy-focused vision” a WhatsApp vulnerability reveals how hard this new direction is for Facebook

That didn’t take long. Facebook's new plan to be more secure lasted just two months since Zuckerberg's pronouncement in early March about this shift after 2018's annus horribilis.

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